Miller, Jackson positively identified; 43-year cold case closed

Law enforcement officials allowed reporters to view photos of several items found in the 1960 Studebaker that went missing over 40 years ago. Among those items is Cheryl Miller's driver's license. (Photo by David Lias)

By David Lias david.lias@plaintalk.net ELK POINT – Skeletal remains found last fall in a car submerged in a Union County creek have been positively identified as belonging to Cheryl Miller and Pam Jackson. The cause of the two girls’ death was a car accident, said Attorney General Marty Jackley at … Read Article

Jackley: Didn’t talk with Benda, $550,000 restitution “not my call”

By Bob Mercer State Capitol Bureau PIERRE – State investigators didn’t talk with Richard Benda before his death last month about their findings that he double-billed and received double payments from state government in 2009 and 2010 for three airline tickets while he was a member of Gov. Mike Rounds … Read Article

Death certificate: Benda used stick to push trigger

South Dakota Department of Tourism and State Development Secretary Richard Benda ends months of speculation and reveals Hyperion Resources, Inc., as the “Gorilla Project” that has plans to locate an oil refinery in Union County. Benda addressed a standing-room-only crowd of media and interested citizens at a news conference Wednesday, June 13, 2007, in the Union County Courthouse in Elk Point. (Photo by David Lias)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The death certificate for former state economic development director Richard Benda says he shot himself by pushing the trigger with a stick. The Argus Leader obtained the document Wednesday (http://argusne.ws/1gjA6yy ). The certificate says Benda secured the shotgun against a tree and used a stick … Read Article